Workers in milk production and processing centre of Aavin at SIDCO Industrial Estate, who struck work indefinitely, called off the strike following an amicable settlement arrived at a peace committee meeting held at the Taluk office here on Wednesday evening.

They announced an indefinite strike and struck work since morning demanding job permanency and other benefits.

The workers stated that they have been working as temporary staff for the past one and half decades. Their career started with wages of Rs.28 a day.

Despite repeated requests to higher officials, nothing had been done so far. They met Aavin Commissioner in Chennai to settle their long-pending grievances but they did not get any promising response from him.

Managers from Madurai office met them and held first round of talks on Tuesday. They could not come to any solution to their problem.

The management conducted first round of talks on Tuesday and could not come to any conclusion. Meanwhile, the Aavin management brought workers from Madurai unit to run the processing unit in Theni and maintain distribution without any break.

The indefinite strike did not affect processing or marketing of Aavin milk in the district, said officials.

Again, the committee comprising Theni Tahsildar P. Rajendran and Theni Deputy Superintendent of Police R. Pushpam convened a peace committee meeting and held discussion with officials.

After hectic parleys, the meeting resolved that the agitators could approach the High Court to find a solution to their problem legally. The management would not interfere. Later they withdrew stir.

The Theni Aavin has been procuring and processing 96,000 litres of milk a day and dispatching major portion of the milk to Chennai.

To boost milk production, the Aavin has plans to bring beneficiaries who received cows from special cattle scheme of the state government under milk cooperative societies to enhance its procurement.

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